Over the past decade, education policy initiatives have shifted focus away from expanding resources provided to public schools, and toward creating incentives to use existing resources more effectively. Have incentive-based policies such as No Child Left Behind improved the way schools educate students? Results, although preliminary at this point, suggest that the application of sanctions without additional resources produces little or no impact. Sanctions that promise additional resources, such as cash bonuses for improved performance, show greater promise. Should these results hold, they point to a “middle road” in education policy: enhancing resources, but tying expansion to indicators of success.
The Child and Family Research Workshops are open only to Center staff and invited guests.